October 28, 2005: National Team:

Jógvan Martin Olsen appointed new Faroe Islands coach

The Faroese Soccer Association has appointed Jógvan Martin Olsen as new coach for the Faroe Islands national team for the next two years.

Since 1996, Jógvan Martin Olsen has been the assisting coach for the Faroes; first for 6 years with Allan Simonsen and then for the last 4 years with Henrik Larsen. He has also been the coach for many of the youth national teams.

From 2002 to 2004, Jógvan Martin Olsen was coach at NSÍ Runavík, with whom he won the Cup competition in 2002 and the silver medals in the league.

Jógvan Martin Olsen has also played for the Faroese national team, but that was just before the Faroe Islands entered the qualification matches for the European Championship and the World Cup in 1990 for the first time.

In the 80ies and 90ties he played for first division side B68 Toftir, with whom he became champion in 1984, 1985 and 1992.

John Petersen new assistant coach

Former International John Petersen has been appointed assistant coach for the national team. John Petersen played his last international for the Faroe Islands in Dublin in the World Cup Qualifier against Ireland on October 13, 2004, which Ireland won 2-0. He scored 6 goals in 57 matches for the Faroes.

John Petersen has been one of the very best Faroese players ever. Originally he played with Skála, who were then in the 2nd division, but moved to B68 Toftir in 1993 where he was for a short spell. He then joined GÍ Gøta in 1994, who had won the Championship in 1994 and helped them win the title for the next 3 years in succession. In 1997 he moved to B36 Tórshavn where he helped B36 win the Championship twice, in 1997 and 2001. He also won 2 Cup finals with B36 and 1 with GÍ. In 2000 he played for 1 season with Leiftur in Iceland, but was back with B36 in 2001 where he stayed until he ended his 1st division career at the end of the season 2004.

That was all about his playing career, but what about his coaching history? Well, he has none! – Simple as that :-) … But you have to start somewhere…

But good luck to them both, because they are surely going to need it!

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